Meals: BB plan in Lhasa and All meals during the trek
Accommodation: Hotel accommodation in Lhasa, Tsetang and Tented Camp during trekking
Ganden to Samye Trek is known as one of the most beautiful trek in Tibet. The trek offers lakes, Mountains, nomad camps, beautiful landscapes, villages and sacred sites. The route connects two of Tibet’s greatest monasteries: the Ganden monastery and the Samye Monastery. The trek begin from Ganden Monastery which is 45 km drive from Lhasa, Ganden to Samye valley trek crosses two over 5000m beautiful passes and has a lot to experience. We highly recommended this trek who has high elevation trek experience. The best time for this trek is from mid-May to Mid-October, summer can be wet but the mountains are at their greenest and you can see wildflowers.
Day 01: Arrival-Lhasa (3650m). Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Lhasa Sightseeing – Potala Palace and Johkang Temple. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Lhasa sightseeing-Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Lhasa – Ganden – Tsubshi-Yama Do (4300m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 05: Yam Do to Tsotup Chu Valley (4880m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 06: Tsotup Chu Valley to Trek to Herder’s Camp (4400m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 07: Header’s Camp to Wango (3800m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 08: Wango to Samye (3540m) – Drive to Tsetang (3510m). Overnight at hotel.
Day 09: Explore the Yarlung Valley (3500m) – Tsetang (3510m. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Drive to Gongkar Aiport for Departure
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Service included in the cost:
Utmost Adventure will provide 3 stars standard Hotel in Lhasa, and in Hotel / Guest House basis in Tsetang. There will be fully tented camping during the trek in Tibet. All rooms are on twin-shared basis. Single bedroom will be arranged on request and will cost additional.
Breakfast will be provided during the city tour (On demand, we can arrange lunch, dinner during the driving tour). There will also be welcome dinner taking place for guests. While on tour, we have breakfast. We will provide full board meals (tea, coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner) during camping trek. Authentic Tibetan, continental meals are common choices in the menu.
Ganden Samye trek with Lhasa cultural tour is an moderate tour and trek. Travelers who can walk 5-6 hours a day on an uphill and downhill will consider this trip fulfilling and enjoyable. It is a good idea to prepare for the tour by jogging and exercising regularly at least for a month prior undertaking the trip. Touring in Tibet should be relatively easy for those who have experience in trekking in high altitudes. Determination, good physical health and positive attitude are good preconditions for a successful accomplishment of the trek. Past hiking experience in high altitude would definitely be an asset but no particular technical skills are required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Utmost Adventure before booking the trek for their own safety reasons.
The best time for Ganden Samye trek is during Spring, Summer (March to September) and The temperature is moderate and guarantees amazing views throughout the trip.
Day 01: Arrival Lhasa (3,650m):
Fly to Lhasa, about 1 hour flight offer panoramic Himalayan views including Mt. Everest. And other mountains ranges.
Or Arrival Lhasa by train or Beijing / Chengdu:
Pick up from Gonggar airport, after finished immigration formalities it takes about 1 hour 30 minutes’ drive along 93 km road leading to Lhasa. It is advisable to rest in Hotel. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 02: Lhasa sightseeing tour (3650m):
Your tour starts visiting many historical place and monument. An experience tour guide will take you to visit to Sera Monastery, this preserved monastery of white washed wall and golden roofs. Norbulinka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lma, another important sacred site of Tibetan Buddhism the Jokhang Temple and the local market at Barkhor Street. Finally, the tour for the day ends as you return to the comforts of your hotel. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 03: Lhasa Sightseeing tour (3650m):
Like the previous day, you experience invaluable insights during your visits to Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. This 17th century Potala Palace offers an awesome view of entire city and also has private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Ancient history has it that Drepung Monastery which was built in 14th century used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as now there has been quite a declination resulting in only few hundreds. Tibetans’ respect and belief are immensely knotted with this monastery. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 4: Lhasa – Ganden – Tsubshi-Yama Do (4300m):
After breakfast we drive to Ganden Monastery, after visiting the monastery transfer to Tsubshi Village where we began the trek. We prepare yaks then we follow the south ridge to reach to Hepu.. After lunch we continue via Ani Pagong village then to Yama Do. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 5: Yam Do to Tsotup Chu Valley (4880m):
After breakfast, leave the valley floor and make our way through a steep gully rising form the stream bank. Then, climb the Shug La (5,250m) and begin gradually descend down through treacherous boulder fields. Later, cross Tsotup Chu, a large stream winding through the valley floor. A comfortable camp will be set up in one of the herder fields. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 6: Tsotup Chu Valley to Trek to Herder’s Camp (4400m):
Follow the Tsotup Chu valley and climb upwards about 45 minutes towards the Chitu La (5,100m). After ascending this rocky pass, we will quickly descend down where you walk through beautiful three mall lakes and following short walk we will have beautiful camping site. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 07: Header’s Camp to Wango (3800m):
The trail gets wider and easier as we follow through scrub forests in the main valley. Beautiful streams and lush forests surround us as we walking. The next few hours are arguably the most beautiful part of our trek. More than 15 types of scrub trees, blooming rhododendrons, and vast meadow will amaze your every step of the way! After passing through this wondrous landscape, we will trek through the Changtang village. We will take sight trip to Yamlung Hermitage, short steep climbing we will follow via Yamalung, where Guru Rinpoche is said to have meditated. Then we continue walk to Wango village. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 08: Wango to Samye (3540m) – Drive to Tsetang (3510m):
You will have beautiful view of entire lower Samye Valley, a tapestry of fields, wood and villages. We walk about 2 hours passing beautiful villages Pisa, Dragmar then we get to Samye.
The Samye Monastery is the first Monastery built in Tibet and the first contains the three Buddhist jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. With these unique features, this splendid temple has become an attraction for visitors from near and far. After visiting Samye, we finish the trek and drive to Tetang. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09: Explore the Yarlung Valley (3500m) – Tsetang (3510m):
Today we wrap up our remarkable journey visiting the Yarlung Valley, also known as the Valley of Tombs and considered to be the cradle of Tibetan civilisation. The creation myth locates the valley as the origin of the Tibetan people and it was from Yarlung that the early Tibetan kings unified Tibet in the seventh century. We see the massive burial mounds of these kings in Chongye.
We will also visit Yumbulakhang, perched on a crag like a medieval castle and is considered the oldest building in Tibet. After a full day off exploring in the Yarlung Valley we return to Tsetang. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Drive to Gongkar Aiport and depart
Gogkor Airport is situated 96km from Tsetang. According to our departure plan we will transfer you to the airport.
The best time for Ganden Samye Trek is during Spring, Summer (March to September) and The temperature is moderate and guarantees amazing views throughout the trip. You can join our trip in Lhasa if you are taking direct flight to Lhasa.
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Utmost Adventure has compiled a list of necessary equipment, personal medical supplies and symptoms of medical condition likely to face during Lhasa – Mount Kailash Tour. Also, please do understand that items listed below should be considered as an essential summary.
We highly recommend you to be familiar with all of your equipment and basic understanding of medical Conditions related to high elevation.
Your document to travel to Tibet:
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa
Dollars in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport (if you are travelling via Kathmandu, Nepal)
Valid chinese visa if you are travelling via mainland China
Credit cards, bank/ATM/cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines
Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F
Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
Small wash towel
Personal Clothing items
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses with UV protection
Weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Personal hygiene supplies;
Two tubes lip sun cream, at least 1 large tube regular sun cream (min. factor 30), some after-sun lotion in case you do get a sunburn
One toothpaste/brush set;
One hand sanitizer gel
1 (fast drying) synthetic towel
Personal prescription medications; Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb.
Small personal first-aid kit; (Simple and Light): first-aid tape, plasters (Band-Aids),alcohol-free wipes for cuts, personal medications, etc. (The leaders will have more extensive first-aid kits)
One skin blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium) (one regular package)
Anti-headache medication (Aspirin or Ibuprofen) (one regular package)
One small bottle cough and/or cold medicine.
One course antibiotics for chest infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
One course antibiotics for stomach infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
One small bottle anti-altitude sickness medication: Diamox (Acetylzolamide), available locally, for more about this medication, please contact us or your doctor
One small bottle of water purification tablets (needs to contain silver-ions AND chlorine) or a water filter or UV sterilizer.
Extra prescription glasses/contact lens. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency.